The recent passing of a Massachusetts law addressing non-compete agreements has employers across the country taking notice. This new law, which has been called "foolish" and "counterproductive" by analysts, grants employees bound by non-compete agreements some bold new rights.
Florida advocates and lawmakers are pushing for new protections for the LGBTQ community. The proposed Florida Competitive Workplace Act, which is supported by both Democratic representative Ben Diamond and Republican representative Rene Plascencia, aims at preventing employers in the restaurant and lodging industries or other public accommodations from discriminating against workers based on gender identity or sexual orientation.
Spurred by the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that took the lives of 49 people last year, LGBTQ activists have revived efforts to pass a civil rights workforce protection act for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual workers. Despite co-sponsorships and endorsements by 44 percent of the legislature, the Florida Competitive Workforce Act (FCWA) was turned down by lawmakers again this year.
Dangerous jobs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and some that you may not expect. The jobs that are commonly considered hazardous, like firefighting, police work and power line work, present some obvious challenges that could put workers in direct danger. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has some surprising news on the topic that points to a less obvious occupation: Tractor-Trailer drivers. Statistics show that in 2014 alone, 761 drivers lost their lives on the job; and the disturbing trend has been steadily increasing in recent years.
One of the defining characteristics of America has always been its diverse people. This melting pot of cultures, genders and ideals, with equal rights, has helped to create the global competitive edge that we have today.
In a previous post, we began discussing how employers must always be mindful of minimizing their legal exposure given that litigation -- particularly when brought by employees -- can be costly, disruptive and altogether harmful to morale.
As an employer, you do everything in your power to ensure that your profit margin remains healthy and your day-to-day operations run as smoothly as possible. Indeed, this means not only paying careful attention to things like inventory and sales figures, but also taking steps to minimize your legal exposure.